Thursday, October 18, 2012

Celebrate Family History Month with

What a way to celebrate Family History Month! is bringing together their databases, Halloween, and Genealogy's Family History Month into one fantastic contest, (and appropriately named it!) the Death Records Contest.

It's so easy to enter, it's scary!  All you need is an email address.  You don't need to be a member to enter. (A full list of rules, terms, and conditions can be found here.) Whether it's a dark and stormy night or a fabulous Fall day, you can easily enter to win the following:

Prize Description / Approximate Retail Value / Deadline
  • Week 1 - $100 gift certificate ($100) October 16, 2012
  • Week 1- FTM, User Guide, & Advanced User Guide ($114) October 18, 2012
  • Week 1 - Bonus entry for Grand Prize October 21, 2012
  • Week 2 - USD year membership ($155) October 23, 2012
  • Week 2 - DNA test ($99) October 25, 2012
  • Week 2 - Bonus entry for Grand Prize October 28, 2012
  • Week 3 - $100 gift certificate ($100) - October 30, 2012
  • Week 3 - WE year membership ($299) November 1, 2012
  • Grand Prize winner will receive an iPad ($599) November 1, 2012
Today's entry consisted of the following clues which allow you to brush up on your researching skills.  In this case, you'd need to research the 1850 Mortality Schedules for Calaveras County, California.  These Schedules are often under utilized in genealogy research so this is a great way to practice exploring them.

Cadavers of Calaveras

Put on your white lab coat and prepare to save some lives. It’s the late 19th century and the new California State Board of Public Health is reviewing mortality schedules for each district in the state. As you look over your jurisdiction you notice something interesting about the town of Calaveras in Calaveras County in 1850. Assistant Marshall John W. Jones reported that "this district is remarkably healthy. And he was right – just two conditions were deemed responsible for the majority of the 60 deaths there that year. In your report back to the powers that be, you wisely suggest the district invest in privies and a sheriff as a way to save lives in the future. What were the top two causes of death in the town of Calaveras in 1850?
  1. Dysentery, shot
  2. Diarrhea, stabbed
  3. Plague, hanging
  4. Influenza, revenge
Good luck to anyone entering and enjoy the challenges as you learn about new resources!

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